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SPAM: a funny word with serious implications

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

A few days ago I got an email from a website where I had been doing some personal, non-business-related shopping. I had been looking for some supplies for craft projects, and in order to see the price of the items in question, I was asked to submit my email address. This was annoying, but it looked like they might be giving better discounts than other websites, so I put in my email address. Of course I knew they would start sending me marketing emails, but I thought, “Oh well, I’ll just unsubscribe as soon as I get the first one.”

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Categories : Small Business

If you collect any kind of information from your visitors, or do advertising or affiliate marketing of any kind, you’re required by law to post a privacy policy disclosing what information you collect, what you do with it, and who you share it with.

Rather than writing one from scratch, there are a couple of tools that have already done some of the work for you.

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Categories : Web Design

5 Cyber Monday deals for small businesses

Monday, November 28th, 2011

I’ve put together a small collection of deals for Cyber Monday. These discounts all end at midnight tonight, so get to it!

1. Web Hosting
HostGator is the host I use and recommend. They’ve always been great with customer service and I’ve never had a problem with downtime. They’re also an environmentally friendly host. For Cyber Monday they’re offering 50% off a hosting plan! Sign up for 3 years to get the best deal. If you’re building a new website, or just thinking about changing hosts, I highly recommend them. Check out HostGator!

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Black Friday Special: get 50% off web hosting!

Friday, November 25th, 2011

HostGator is offering all hosting plans at 50% off. If you’ve been thinking about building a website or switching to a new host, now would be a great time to do it! I use HostGator for my site, and I’ve always been happy with the service. They purchase Renewable Energy Certificates for 130% of the energy used by their servers, which is nice because I try to use green energy and take care of our planet wherever possible. They have an uptime guarantee too, and will give you a refund if your website is down for more than .01% of the time in any given month, so they stand by their service. Additionally, they are a great host to use for WordPress. For more details on this deal and their hosting service, go to Hurry though, this deal ends at midnight!

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7 essential free plugins for your WordPress website

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

WordPress pluginsNo matter what type of website or blog you have, these plugins have something to offer. These are the plugins I find myself using over and over again on the sites I develop. Download these plugins at the URLs provided, or simply go to Plugins from your WordPress dashboard. Click on Add New and then type the names exactly into the search box. The search function isn’t that great, so if you don’t type them in exactly, they might not come up. For example, if you type “contact buddy” instead of “contactbuddy,” you won’t find it. Nothing’s perfect!
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